Using evidence based practice, perioperative nurses can and should lead efforts in process change for the safety of patients and team members. AORN recommended practices for sharps safety best practice include a four-prong approach. Blunt-tip suture needles, double gloving with a colored indicator under glove, use of a neutral zone for passing sharps and the use of safety devices such as retractable blades need specific consideration.

In this webinar, we will present current practice and evidence for each strategy.

Earn 1 CE after completing the CE Evaluation.
  • Identify the importance of double gloving for sharps safety.
  • Discuss the ECRI method for reviewing OR products.
  • Describe the location for the international safety center sharps database.
Perioperative Consultant
Deborah Spratt is a perioperative consultant based in Rochester, NY. Most recently she served as Executive Director Perioperative Services for St. James Mercy Hospital. Prior to that she served as Director of Surgical Services at United Memorial Medical Center and Chief Sterile Processing Services at Canandaigua VA Medical Center.
Sharon Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F
Sharon Ann Van Wicklin has been a perioperative RN for more than 48 years and has worked in all facets of the perioperative environment from scrub person to director. Sharon received her BSN and MSN from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and her PhD in Nursing with a Minor in Gerontology Studies from Missouri State University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and Phi Kappa Phi. Sharon has earned certification in operating room nursing (CNOR), as an emeritus RN first assistant (CRNFA[E]), as a retired plastic and reconstructive surgical nurse (CPSN-R), and as a legal nurse consultant (PLNC).

In 2005, Sharon was recognized by AORN as a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in the Application of Perioperative Clinical Research Award. Sharon has also received the honor of being inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 2017 and in the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN-F) in 2018.

As a former Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Sharon provided consultative services, authored multiple publications including the AORN guidelines; and, represented AORN with other professional, accreditation, and regulatory organizations. She has also been a member of the nursing faculty at MTSU and the University of Phoenix.

In her current position as a perioperative and legal nurse consultant, Sharon serves as a clinical consultant, editor, author, and presenter for a variety of perioperative educational products, presentations, and publications. Her work as a professional legal nurse consultant involves reading and reviewing medical records and testifying as to the standard of perioperative nursing care. As Editor-in-Chief, Sharon manages the day to day operations of the peer-reviewed Plastic and Aesthetic Nursing (PAN) journal, the official journal of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN).
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